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As expats, we travel but we aren't ONLY travelers. You won't hear as much about trekking through jungles as you will about trekking through traffic to the market. This is a podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join us every other week as we chat with expat women from around the globe who are embracing the joys AND the trials of taking root right where they've been planted.

Taking Route Podcast | Expat Women Making the World Their Home Denise James, Alicia Boyce and Melissa Faraday

    • Personal Journals
    • 5.0 • 151 Ratings

As expats, we travel but we aren't ONLY travelers. You won't hear as much about trekking through jungles as you will about trekking through traffic to the market. This is a podcast for those who are doing the daily grind in a foreign land (or for those who want to know more about life overseas). If you ARE living abroad, you know the average day is anything but ordinary. Join us every other week as we chat with expat women from around the globe who are embracing the joys AND the trials of taking root right where they've been planted.

    This Global Pandemic with Rachel in India | TRP 33

    This Global Pandemic with Rachel in India | TRP 33

    As the Covid 19 pandemic spread to each of our corners of the world earlier this year, many of us had to consider access to medical care (or lack of it) as we made decisions about staying or evacuating. When Rachel and her husband found out they were pregnant with their fourth child right as lockdowns began, they had to make the hard choice to leave their home in India and evacuate to America. In this episode, Rachel recounts her experience of leaving on short notice, while sick and pregnant, with three young children. She shares how she and her family have dealt with unmet expectations and loss upon their return to their passport country, and how their experience with cross-culture transitions has equipped them to be an encouragement and support to others in this challenging season.
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    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    “Everything began to change that first week of March. We found out we were pregnant, we started hearing all this information on lockdown and mask wearing, and the seriousness of it was escalating.”
    “We had about 12-18 hours to pack up our house, pack up our things, get everything arranged, and leave.”
    “It felt like it had already been a journey by the time we even got to the gate.”
    “As you can imagine, having three young children who are starving and tired and had just been through a lot of travel, it was crazy. “
    “All of these expectations that my children had for coming back to the U.S. were stripped away from them. They couldn’t see family like they thought they would be able to, and all of these places that they looked forward to coming back to were not available.”
    “A lot of our homeschooling looked the same, and because of that I felt like it was just a comfort zone for them that gave them freedom to open up to us.”
    “Leaving our home in India was probably one of the hardest decisions my husband and I have ever had to make.”
    “One of the things I’ve had that’s been a challenge and I’ve had to grow and learn about in this season is how to give myself grace and how to allow myself to receive help when I’ve needed it.”
    “I can trust that whatever happens, we’ll be taken care of.”
    “How can we help each other in this time; how can we unite in this time to really support each other?”
    “Something I’ve continued to remind myself of in this season is that I’m not the only one going through this.”
    “Because of our life of transition, we can then come alongside those who aren’t as used to so much transition and just be a support for them, be a source of encouragement.”
    “I think an accurate way to describe much of what many people are going through is loss.”
    “So walking through that loss, one, is recognizing that it’s not just something I have to get through but it’s actually ok to mourn it.”
    “Our plans were taken away but we weren’t given new plans as a replacement.”
    “This time has allowed me to see the need for educating myself on others’ perspectives.”
    “I do not understand everyone’s circumstances and I have to learn to stretch myself to be able to love others well.”
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    • 33 min
    This Global Pandemic with Kim in Ukraine | TRP 32

    This Global Pandemic with Kim in Ukraine | TRP 32

    Wherever you currently find yourself in the world, it’s no secret that all our lives have been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. Our circumstances and situations might be different, but in an effort to create some solidarity between us we are starting a new mini-series titled “This Global Pandemic.”  Each episode will have an interview with a new expat woman who will share her perspective on what life in the time of a global pandemic has been like for her. 
    In today’s episode you’ll hear from Kim, who lives in Ukraine with her husband and their six kids. They also have guardianship of three men with special needs and they work to deinstitutionalize people with disabilities. Kim shares with us what is was like for her family to unexpectedly welcome several new people into their home to quarantine with them, help a family get their adopted son to America in the middle of the pandemic, and what the Lord has been teaching her about releasing her love of control. Grab your favorite beverage and a comfy seat and prepare to be blessed by Kim’s story.
    We also have show notes at www.takingroute.net/podcast
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    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    What was your initial reaction to the news of COVID-19?
    Did you stay in your host country or evacuate back to your home country? If you stayed, tell us a little about how your host country has responded to the crisis. If you evacuated, tell us what that experience was like.
    What does a pandemic looks in Ukraine?
    What was a moment you realized COVID-19 was serious? 
    Have there been times when you broke down (maybe with tears, maybe in frustration)? What caused that to happen? How did you move forward?
    What has community looked like for you while sheltering in place?
    With an already full house, what has it been like adding two extra people?
    What are your kids’ thoughts about the coronavirus? How have you talked about this with them and how have they responded?
    While staying home, what are some of your favorite activities? Have you started doing something you didn’t normally do prior to the global pandemic?
    What are some plans/trips/celebrations you had that have changed or been cancelled? How have you worked through that loss?
    What are some of the worries/concerns you have?
    What are you listening to these days?
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
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    • 30 min
    All About Listening and Learning | ITTS 10

    All About Listening and Learning | ITTS 10

    Here at Taking Route, we desire to make you feel like you are welcomed and belong in this expat community. We want you to be able to see your story and your expat experience reflected in this space. However, we know we can do so much better at having more perspectives and voices in order to more accurately represent expat life.
    In this episode, we are speaking specifically about the work of racial reconciliation. In this conversation, we discuss what we’ve been learning, what racial reconciliation looks like while living abroad, and how we’re teaching our children about race and racism. We can’t “out-write” our experience, so to speak, but it’s our hope and prayer that Taking Route will see growth in the area of better representation as we look inwardly and examine where we can do better and how we can do better. This conversation was important for us to have on the podcast so the Taking Route community can hear where we’re at on this journey and hold us accountable. Thank you for the grace you’ve extended to us thus far. We are confident the Lord — who gathers people from every race, tribe, and tongue to His throne — will continue to lead and make a way for this to be a community that represents a truer picture of His Kingdom here on earth.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
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    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    What’s your week been like through all of this?
    How do I show up if I live in a very monochromatic culture?
    What are some things you are hearing and learning?
    How are we talking to our families and our kids about this?
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
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    • 30 min
    Leaving Your Host Country During a Pandemic with Alicia Boyce | TRP 31

    Leaving Your Host Country During a Pandemic with Alicia Boyce | TRP 31

    During this pandemic, we expats have fallen into one of two categories: those who stayed and those who left. Expats who made the decision to evacuate their host country have undoubtedly faced some very unique challenges in leaving and finding a new normal in their passport country. In this episode Denise interviews Alicia about her family’s decision to leave Indonesia and evacuate to the States, how they came to that decision, and the lessons she’s learning through it. Alicia’s story will help those who stayed abroad to better understand the realities of our friends who left, and will encourage fellow evacuees that you’re not alone in the ups and downs of repatriating during a pandemic.
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
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    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    What was coronavirus like in your area?
    What were your initial thoughts about the virus when it began to be on a global scale?
    When you and your husband made these decisions about social distancing and going back to the United States, were you on the same page? How did you process that?
    What was your reasoning behind thinking your family needed to leave?
    What were the challenges in leaving?
    What was the travel like?
    How has it been now that you’ve made the trip back?
    How has it been emotionally and spiritually for you through all this?
    If you could encourage an expat who evacuated, what would you encourage her with?
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
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    • 39 min
    Persevering Through Intense Times While Overseas with Jenilee Goodwin | TRP 30

    Persevering Through Intense Times While Overseas with Jenilee Goodwin | TRP 30

    Jenilee Goodwin opens up with us about the stressful intense time in her life that included a tough medical diagnosis, family issues, cancer and the quick death of her mother-in-law, putting her girls in boarding school for the first time-- all of that on top of regular expat stresses, expectations, and responsibilities. These combined circumstances led to a very intense time in her life. In this episode of Taking Route Podcast, Jenilee shares tools and lessons she and her family learned persevering through these difficult times. She shares some truths about communication, sleep, and giving yourself and your loved space and compassion. Grab your cup of coffee and enjoy our chat with Jenilee!
    Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear about an exciting new podcast series that will be coming soon!
    We also have show notes!  Light reading for your pleasure.
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    QUESTIONS ASKED THIS EPISODE:
    How is it with three teenage girls?
    Explain about your last few years and what has made it so intense?
    How have you come to the decision to stay work through those things on the field?
    What does good communication look like for you and (your husband)?
    Are there any special resources you have used to get you through these difficult times (with the Enneagram)?
    What does staying healthy spiritually look like for you when going through an intense time?
    As your are sliding down the bellcurve of intensity if getting over the challenges, what has helped you get over that time?
    What were some of things to move forward through from sadness?
    How did your family come to the decision of boarding school?
    Can you share about the writing and “Behind the Prayer Card?”
    What would you say to the expat woman who may be going through the most intense time of their life?
    HELP THE TAKING ROUTE PODCAST REACH MORE EXPATS
    Subscribe | To subscribe on iOS, go to our iTunes page and subscribe to the Taking Route Podcast. 
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    • 35 min
    All About Staying During a Pandemic | ITTS 09

    All About Staying During a Pandemic | ITTS 09

    Should I stay or should I go? This is a question that most of us have had to wrestle with recently as country borders closed and flights were grounded. In this episode, Denise and Melissa talk about staying in their host countries during this pandemic, how they made the decision, and how they are coping with their choice. From schooling changes for the kids to cancelled trips and loss of control, this conversation deals with the very real fears, challenges, and blessings of choosing to stay abroad during this pandemic. 
    Questions discussed during this episode:
    What’s it like where you are during this pandemic?
    Why are you still in your host country?
    How are you making it work being at home 24/7?
    Are your kids missing school?
    What’s something that the Lord is teaching you in all this?
    Come connect with our community on Instagram.  Also, find Denise and Melissa there, too.
    Please check out our show notes for all the resources listed in this episode and for resources for your home assignment at www.takingroute.net/podcast.
    Like what you heard? Go to www.takingroute.net for more expat conversations and resources.  If you would like to connect deeper with our community on Facebook check out our private group Taking Route Together. Don't forget to join our Instagram community @takingrouteblog.
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    • 32 min

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151 Ratings

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LISTEN UP!

This podcast is incredibly encouraging! These beautiful ladies put together humor and life lessons with all things abroad. They talk about the good, bad and everything in between when living overseas; they are honest and real about their lives, struggles, learning moments, etc. If you are a woman and have any sort of experience in other cultures you will probably relate (or even if you just want to know more about overseas life)!

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I am living in Peru and have been on the mission field for 15 years. I love listening to this podcast because you girls are like having 3 wonderful friends who really get what life is like living overseas and what I go through every day!!

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So encouraging!

I have been listening to this show fir over a year, what a great encouragement it is for me as a mom, TCA, and expat in Yunnan, China. I love the variety and most of all hearing the experiences of other women spread all over the world, doing life in another culture. You three ladies are so funny interacting together, I always laugh my head off hearing you close or start a program. Keep up thegood work. You are gold!!!

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